In a hyper-media world, citizens are bombarded with messages. It is becoming increasingly difficult to discern the true nature of these messages. Are they news or are they spin? How do author biases impact the information we consume?
This unit is designed to help you to become more active and critical consumers of the news. Using both a practical knowledge of the news industry and critical thinking skills, you'll learn to identify credible news sources, question biased reporting, and seek alternate viewpoints for comparison and consideration.
The lessons in this unit are delivered over the course of your freshman year at HUHS, through World Cultures and English 9 curriculums. Additional lessons extend your learning into your sophomore year, where news literacy becomes a crucial part of your participation as a citizen of our school, our community, our state, and our nation.
Through this unit, you will learn to...
|Locate resources of various types and formats to discover and follow breaking news stories.|
|Identify the relative strengths and weaknesses of a resource based on it's type and format.|
|Recognize key elements of a news story.|
|Use effective methods to archive and recall information gathered.|
Understand the importance of bibliographic reference and recognize the ways it is used in every day life.
Understand issues from a broader perspective.
Connect their own knowledge of current events to the civic choices.
These pre-assessments help you and your teachers to identify your habits and know-how when it comes to accessing and using the news media. You'll be able to focus in on those concepts that help you become a more news literate consumer of the news and a more informed citizen.
Local v. Global Perspectives
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